As part of my 2015 resolutions, I post my status each month to keep myself accountable for the goals I set for myself!
1. Design 2015 budget goals with husband to reflect past spending and current saving goals.
Cupcake’s first birthday was this month. Our goal was to set a budget and stick to it.
In order to make the party more cost-effective, we limited the guest list to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Having our friends there to celebrate would have been awesome, but also a bigger expense.
We managed to spend almost exactly the budget we set and that includes all the food, decorations, gifts and everything else we did. I was so excited!
Our April goal is to determine exactly what we want to spend for a new apartment when we move and to find our dream place! We debated buying, but residency only lasts three years. Although there’s a good chance we could stay in the area, with no guarantee it didn’t seem worth it.
2. Go to the gym (or workout at home) a minimum of four days a week.
Having the warmer weather back made such a huge difference. Counting long walks of 3+ miles, I worked out 4-5 times a week without fail! Yay!
3. Reduce my PR of a 9 min mile pace to an 8 minute mile.
My March goal was to get below an 8:25. I am absolutely astounded at my progress in this area! I added in quite a bit of interval runs and that has made a huge difference! My fastest mile time this month was an 8:07! I also had many runs under 8:25 so this is a definite success.
My April goal is to get an 8:05 minute mile.
4. Try one new recipe a week and blog about it.
This goal I did much less awesome on. I only blogged about one recipe the whole month! Will definitely need to start researching some new ones for April!
5. I want to continue nursing Cupcake through 2015, unless she chooses to wean earlier.
I officially made it to one year of nursing and am so excited that our nursing relationship is still going strong.
I did have some strong second thoughts when Cupcake was having nursing sessions for over an hour at a time several times a day and night. However, she seems to have just been going through a huge developmental leap. She now walks almost exclusively and her language skills are huge. She’s even used two-word phrases (“all done” and “no touch”) a few times recently!
Cupcake still loves her night nursing sessions, but they have gone down from 3 to 2 on most nights, so it’s getting better! Here’s to nursing through April!
6. Visit my grandma every week before our move. Call her every week after we move.
This one makes me sad because I failed miserably. We only have two months living in the same state so it is vital that I make this happen for April and May!
7. Text/call/email a different friend every day to keep communication open.
8. I will cut my monthly consumption of soda.
In March, my goal was to drink no more than 3.5 servings of soda a week.
I only had one can of root beer (my fav!) at Cupcake’s birthday party and no other soda for the rest of the month! The cravings are still there, but they’re getting lesser by the day! Yay!
My goal for April is only 3 servings a week. One of my best friends is getting married and this girl wants to have the option to enjoy a rum and coke (or two).
9. Subscribe to FlyLady Emails. Complete tasks to maintain clean and decluttered home.
I didn’t follow the tasks outlined because we started prepping for our move. While not officially making my goal, I’m amazed at the progress we made of totally cleaning out and packing up the basement!
10. Reduce time spent watching TV
My goal for March was focused on my afternoon television. I love watching Ellen, but now that the weather is nicer, we are outside during this time. This is definitely a check as I only watched a few episodes the whole month!
My goal for April will be focused on reducing my overall TV watching a day. To accomplish this goal, I will spend the first two weeks tracking exactly how many hours I watch. I will spend the second half of the month working to eliminate a few hours a week (exact number to be determined by results of data collection!).
11. Post progress each month on the above goals.